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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Political Correctness will be the Death of Us

Just a few stories that need to be placed in juxtaposition.

First, this one about the FBI removing training documents that are offensive to Muslims:
The FBI has removed hundreds of counterterrorism training documents after a months-long review found inaccuracies and other problems in their description of Muslims.

The review was triggered after a September blog in Wired magazine revealed training documents that reportedly called the Prophet Muhammad a "cult leader," claimed "devout" Muslims have been generally violent for hundreds of years and made other controversial statements.
A couple points about this. (a) It is "Muhammad" not "the Prophet Muhammad." The use of the title--acknowledging Muhammad as a prophet (with a capital P)--speaks volumes of the author's bias. If the media is going to insist on referring to Muhammad as a prophet, that it should provide the same courtesy to other religions and faith, e.g., "the Prophet Joseph Smith", "Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ", and so on). (b) "Controversial" is not the equivalent of "inaccuracies."

A trial court in Iran has issued its final verdict, ordering a Christian pastor to be put to death for leaving Islam and converting to Christianity, according to sources close to the pastor and his legal team.

Supporters fear Youcef Nadarkhani, a 34-year-old father of two who was arrested over two years ago on charges of apostasy, may now be executed at any time without prior warning, as death sentences in Iran may be carried out immediately or dragged out for years.

It is unclear whether Nadarkhani can appeal the execution order.
Third, this one about spreading protests in Afghanistan over the destruction of copies of the Koran which Taliban prisoners had used to smuggle hand-written messages to one another while in prison.
Seven people were killed in clashes between Afghan security forces and protesters demonstrating against the burning of Muslim holy books at a NATO military base, Afghanistan's Interior Ministry said Wednesday.

The anger over the Quran burning has sparked two days of protests across Afghanistan and tapped into anti-foreign sentiment fueled by a popular perception that foreign troops disrespect Afghan culture and Islam.
All from one day.

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